On Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Delta “has rapidly strengthened into a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph,”media CNET reported. Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist with the U.S. National Hurricane Center, confirmed in an email that delta’s upgrade from a Category 2 hurricane to a Category 4 hurricane took only 2 hours and 20 minutes, depending on when the warning was issued.
Feltgern confirmed that Hurricane Delta’s winds had increased from 45 mph to 130 mph in 24 hours.
But there is some mis-information, especially on social media. Feltgen noted, for example, that it was incorrect to say that the hurricane had increased from 115 mph to 130 mph in just 20 minutes.
” (The 20-minute window) issues a public consultation (115 mph) at 11 a.m. EST and a tropical cyclone update (130 mph) at 11:20 a.m. EST,” he said. “This is not the length of time the aircraft measures the increase in wind power. The plane flew through different quadrants of the hurricane throughout the mid-to-late morning. “
Feltgern said that while there is no indication that Hurricane Delta has been upgraded from a Category 2 to a Category 4 speed record.
But the hurricane has made history. It is the strongest hurricane ever named after the Greek alphabet. Storms are named after the Greek alphabet only after the rotating list of 21 storm names assigned for each Atlantic hurricane season has been used up.
Hurricane Delta took just 30 hours to move from a tropical low to a Category 4, said Erin Wenckstern, a meteorologist with the Canadian Weather Network. She said on Twitter that the hurricane would hit the Mexican resort city of Cancun and make landfall in Louisiana.
A hurricane condition is expected tuesday night around Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and the hurricane is expected to make landfall early Wednesday, CBS News reported.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center is warning those living along the northern Gulf Coast to prepare for the hurricane now.
“Too many damn records have been broken and created this year,” one Twitter user wrote.